Even More ‘Jail Baby’ Biographies

Spring has sprung! Believe it or not Winnipeggers – the melting of the snow, the trees beginning to bud (hopefully soon) and a new play is on the horizon! This change in the weather can only mean that the world premiere of Jail Baby is near! After several years in development, we are excited to finally be bringing this meaningful and timely play to the stage.

If you have been following our blog lately, you know that we have been featuring biographies of some of the Jail Baby cast members. This week we feature the final three actors! In the weeks to come, we’ll get a little more interactive and feature interviews with our cast, plus features on the creative team and the announcement of our cameo appearances by lawyers. Have any questions for the cast that you’re just dying to know the answer to? Send them our way! (info at sarasvati dot ca with the subject “Jail Baby blog questions”)

On with the biographies!

Shannon Guile photoActor, writer, comedian, stunt performer and mime artist, Shannon Guile is a woman of action. Shannon is best known for her comedic stylings with two-time Canadian Comedy Award Nominated troupe, Hot Thespian Action. Shannon has also graced independent and professional stages around Manitoba, including WJT’s Death of A Salesman and MTC’s The History of Manitoba. Always physical, Shannon spends a chunk of her time, toppling over things and getting punched in the face, as seen in Space Network’s Todd and the Book Of Pure Evil and Universal Studio’s Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure.

Croy Wojcik headshotCory Wojcik is thrilled to be a part of this world premiere of Jail Baby. Previous credits include: Bloodless: The Trial of Burke and Hare (White Rabbit); The Big League (MTYP); Miracle on South Division Street (RMTC); Footloose, Peter Pan, The Wizard of OZ, Good News (Rainbow); Strike: The Musical. His next project will be in the summer production of Mary Poppins at Rainbow Stage.

Tracey Nepinak was in the original workshop presentation of Jail Baby at FemFest 2011. She is currently Program Administrator for the Aboriginal Arts Training and Mentorship Program at MTYP.  With a degree from the University of Winnipeg Department of Theatre she has worked extensively on stage and on screen. Most recently she has appeared in the television series Cashing In.

Jail Baby runs from May 16-26, 2013 at the University of Winnipeg Asper Centre for Theatre and Film (400 Colony Street). Tickets are $18 or $12 for students and seniors. To purchase tickets and to see show times, please visit www.sarasvati.ca.

Jail Baby: Biographies

After months of biting our nails in anticipation, Sarasvàti Productions is proud to finally announce our cast for Jail Baby!  We are excited to work with this amazing group of local actors for the world premiere of this new work! This stellar cast will be working with acclaimed director Ann Hodges, who started her involvement with Jail Baby when it was workshopped in 2011 for FemFest. Sarasvàti Productions is also excited to announce their incredible design team who will bring this play to life!

Jail Baby
by Hope McIntyre and Cairn Moore
with Nan Fewchuk and Marsha Knight

Directed by Ann Hodges

Set/Costume Design by Abigail Myers

Lighting Design by Dean Cowieson

Sound Design by Chris Coyne

Starring: Ashley Chartrand, Melanie Dean, Shannon Guile, Daina Leitold, Megan McArton, Tracey Nepinak and Cory Wojcik.

Let’s take a look at the two actresses who will be playing the lead role of Jasmine. These two superb actresses will be playing young and present day Jasmine (respectively), and we couldn’t be more excited to see them take to the stage this May!

Ashley Chartrand photoEmerging theatre artist Ashley Chartrand made her Sarasvàti debut in 2008 with our school tour of Ripple Effect. In 2009/2010 she performed in No Offense…, the no-holds-barred play about racism in schools created as part of FemFest 2009. She also appeared in our International Women’s Week Cabaret of Monologues a coule years ago. Ashley is currently studying at the University of Winnipeg.

Melanie HeadshotIf you have seen some of our previous shows this past season, you will recognize Melanie Dean. Melanie was in FemFest 2012 favourite Empty, as well as in our International Women’s Week Cabaret of Monologues just a few short weeks ago!  Melanie was born in The Pas MB, and is a member of Mathias Colomb Cree Nation (Pukatawagan, MB). Mel attained her BA at the University of Winnipeg (2002) majoring in Performing Arts and English Literature. Nowadays, she can be found dancing on the Powwow trail somewhere on Turtle Island with her two beautiful children Shanley and Jesse. Mel’s other credits include, Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Doug Nepinak’s The Crisis in Oka Manitoba with Red Roots Theatre Company, Doug Nepinak’sThe Life of Ruth and BBQ, William Inge’s Picnic, Dale Lakevold’s and Darrell Racine’s Stretching Hide at the University of Brandon, Frederico Garcia Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba, and MTC’s production of Tracy Letts August Osage County.

Fundraising campaign update: To date, we have raised $2,168.20 for our campaign, which will go directly towards Jail Baby. With just over a week left to donate, we need every one of our readers and friends to show your support! We only require 19 donations of $150 or more to reach our goal! So, phone a friend, and get them to donate as well!  Help us make our target today!